*Her name has been floating around for years in connection with a planned remake of “The Bodyguard.” But now that the movie has gotten the official green light, Rihanna is making it clear that she’s not interested in filling Whitney Houston’s shoes in the starring role.

Rihanna tells OK! magazine she won’t take on the role of singer Rachel Marron, played by Houston in the 1992 hit film, because it wouldn’t offer her enough of a challenge, considering she’s a singer herself.

“I want to separate the two,” she says. “I hate it when singers do singing movies all the time, because you can never look at them as anybody else.”

Rihanna will have a chance to escape in her upcoming role — also her big screen debut — in the upcoming movie “Battleship,” based on the classic Hasbro board game of the same name.

Due May 2012, the film stars “True Blood” actor Alexander Skarsgard and Taylor Kitsch and follows a naval fleet that must protect earth against an alien attack. It’s not clear who Rihanna will play in the film, but she was photographed wearing a Navy uniform on location in Hawaii last year.

“I want to play a character,” said Rihanna. “My whole life is playing Rihanna, [so] being a singer [in a film] won’t be a stretch for me. I like challenges, and being an actor is playing a role, being able to step into somebody else’s shoes, that’s the excitement.”

Other divas who have been rumored for the famous Houston role are Beyonce and Jennifer Hudson. Writers Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer have already signed on to pen the remake, but there’s still no word on a director or who will fill the role of the actual bodyguard, Frank Farmer, made famous by Kevin Costner in the original film.